Source National Park ServiceRun time 2:21
Performed by: Edison Minstrels
Record format: Edison Concert cylinder
Release number: B-204
Release date: c. July 1899
NPS object catalog number: EDIS 4751
September 14, 2007
You can almost hear the makeup
This recording really captures the corny comedy and musical talent of the minstrel genre. The lead singer for the opening chorus is probably Harry MacDonough. I did a side-by-side comparison with other recordings of him in the archive, and at once point I thought I had played the same song twice in a row. The singer for "Fly, Fly, Fly" is identified as Mr. Collins, probably Arthur Collins.
March 4, 2005
How do you make a lean baby plump??
Simply FABULOUS recording of the Edison Minstrels. Who are they? I have no idea, but from what I've heard, I would LOVE to hear more. They sing a song, "Log Cabin In The Dell", tell 2 baaaaaad jokes, then sing another song to finish off the recording. All of this in under 3 minutes! This sounds like it's been cleaned up quite a bit. Just great!